William Murphy Back in Jail, Charged with 8 Baldwin Burglaries

Police arrested Murphy at a motel on Route 51 in Jefferson Hills.

William Joseph Murphy III is accused of burglarizing eight Baldwin Borough homes—and attempting to burglarize two others—leading to an arrest by Baldwin police on Thursday at a motel on Route 51 in Jefferson Hills Borough, police Chief Michael Scott said.

Until recently, Murphy, 28, lived in the 600 block of Blossom Drive in Baldwin. He is accused of stealing items from the homes of four neighbors in that same block in south Baldwin—including one home twice—Scott said.

The three other burglaries happened on nearby Elaine and Norma drives, and on Elderslee Road in central Baldwin.

The eight burglaries for which he is being charged all occurred since October 2012, Scott said. That does not include incidents on Jan. 4 or 16 in which residents claim to have spotted Murphy trying to burglarize their homes.

The Jan. 4 incident, in which Murphy was detained by officers from multiple police departments after an attempted break-in at another Elaine Drive home, led to Murphy being sent to the Allegheny County Jail. (The Baldwin-Whitehall Patch captured that detainment on video.)

However, Murphy made $500 bail soon after.

Murphy is accused of then attempting to break in to a home on Jan. 16 on nearby Sunny Drive, Scott said. Like the Jan. 4 incident, though, Murphy was thwarted by the victim, who positively identified him, and then sent to jail.

"On Sunny ... (the victim) confronted (Murphy), and he went back out (of the house)," Scott said. "I guess his face was through the window. His head was through the window, and then, he took off running."

After Thursday's arrest, Murphy went back to the county jail, and his bail was set at $50,000, which he has not made as of Tuesday. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at District Magistrate John N. Bova's Wallace Building office on Jan. 29 at 1 p.m.

In addition to the eight burglary charges coming from evidence gathered prior to Thursday's arrest, Baldwin police are also charging Murphy with 10 counts each of receiving stolen property and theft by unlawful taking, according to an online court document.

Murphy also faces separate charges from the Jan. 4 Elaine incident, including one count each of burglary, trespassing and the illegal sale or transfer of firearms and two counts of receiving stolen property. For the Sunny Drive incident, he is charged with one count each of trespassing and criminal attempt-burglary.

Scott said that the items stolen by Murphy since October include jewelry, cash and two guns that, all told, approach $20,000 in value.

One of the guns has been returned to its owner, Scott said. Police believe that the other gun is the one that Murphy said that he bought on his own and sold for heroin.

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Lori January 23, 2013 at 12:49 PM
His father must be rolling over in his grave.
Just Me :) January 23, 2013 at 01:36 PM
Amen to that Lori!!! And sounds like his mom finally wised up and kicked him out of her home. I mean something needed to be done - for him to have been arrested how many times in the past few months and to continue to do it. Glad to see that bail was raised from pennies to something that will hopefully keep him in jail until he is sentenced.
FF19 January 23, 2013 at 01:46 PM
Why was his bale set at only $500 the first time?
Cristy Stipetic January 23, 2013 at 03:03 PM
FF19 he only needed 10% to post bail it was set at $5000 http://ujsportal.pacourts.us/DocketSheets/MDJReport.aspx?docketNumber=MJ-05218-CR-0000005-2013
Robert Edward Healy, III January 23, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Cristy is correct. I'm told that 100 percent of $50,000 is needed this time.
Robert Edward Healy, III January 23, 2013 at 03:14 PM
I forgot to do this: Thank you to Baldwin Borough police Chief Scott for his assistance in putting this story together.
Jsully2123 January 23, 2013 at 03:25 PM
His father must be rolling in his grave? Real classy. You, Lori, should spend more time on a treadmill than on your computer.
Lori January 23, 2013 at 03:59 PM
Wow, why so vicious? His father did die many years ago in a plane accident. I feel for William's mother.
Margaret French January 23, 2013 at 04:53 PM
I agree, why so vicious Jsully2123? She didn't say anything wrong.
Chris January 23, 2013 at 04:54 PM
If he is addicted to heroin, why even let him out of jail? Addicts need their fix. No job, no money, no legal way to obtain it...
A.J. January 23, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Well hopefully mommy doesn't let him back in the house AGAIN this time around. That was the neighborhood yelling in the arrest video asking not to let him come back. Too bad he was given another chance by mommy to do it again on the 16th. Yes folks he'll need a place to stay once the smoke clears. He won't be locked up forever. Or very long for that matter. 28 years old? Throw him out on his a** and let the neighborhood live in peace. To those that want to help him, then send him some cash so he'll everyone else alone.
Billee January 23, 2013 at 05:20 PM
I'm assuming its difficult to discipline a child when you have lost their father and the love of your life. Even in some cases where a parent has done mostly everything right by their children some still choose wrong over right. We are suppose to care for the widow. Big Brothers and Big Sisters are always looking for resources and standards that provide caring volunteers in the life of every child in need. I'm blessed to still have my spouse... I can only imagine her sorrow and grief. JROTC and their creed... encourages conduct that brings credit too family, country, school and the corp of cadets, loyalty, citizenship and patriotism. Wish our school district could still provide it. :(
joe momma January 23, 2013 at 07:18 PM
??? He's 28 not a child, fact is he's hooked on dope..He needs a good sit in jail and rehab till he's straighted out...Heroin the past year has really hit our area hard and brentwoods...Let's help our local p.d and these people hooked on this crap and get it out of here before its to late..Instead of arguing people need to pull together and keep an eye and a hand out...
Pappy huppy January 23, 2013 at 08:56 PM
The guy is a loser! Face it ! The family closed there eyes on his lifesyle. I blame his brother and mother . He's 28 . Where did they think his day to day money come from? It pisses me off!
old man January 24, 2013 at 02:32 AM
Good job by the Baldwin Police, and other police agency's who assisted. And also to the victim's who were able to positive identify this person.
cc January 24, 2013 at 03:11 AM
When jails get over crowded they drop the price of bale money. Unless he is in there for murder, if the jails get over crowded, bales get reduced.
cc January 24, 2013 at 03:36 AM
Billie it is no more difficult to discipline a child when you lose a spouse as if a child has two loving parents. I lost my husband to terminal cancer when my 5 were small and I taught my children right from wrong. From studies that are being done they are finding out that most addicts carry a gene that is passed down though heredity. A addict can only be helped if they want the help just like someone who is addicted to alcohol, they alone have to make that decision. Baldwin had the chance to bring ROTC back and didn't do it. They never should of gotten rid of it in the first place but that's Baldwin for you. Big Brother and Big Sister is a great organization for children who need either a male or female role model but there is a major shortage of male role models and there is a 4 to 6 year waiting list to get a Big Brother. They can place girls with a Big Sister usually right after the paper work is completed.
NE12Ukid January 24, 2013 at 05:15 AM
His BAIL was first set at $500. No hay involved.
Margaret French January 24, 2013 at 01:42 PM
cc wrote : Billie it is no more difficult to discipline a child when you lose a spouse as if a child has two loving parents. I lost my husband to terminal cancer when my 5 were small and I taught my children right from wrong. As a single parent of 5, due to divorce instead of death, my 5 are not out robbing houses etc. I taught them right from wrong etc.
NE12Ukid January 24, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Billee 12:20 pm on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 I'm assuming its difficult to discipline a child when you have lost their father and the love of your life.>>> Bully and applause for those who successfully do it alone, but yes, it is generally EASIER with two loving parents. No guarantees, but easier to share the task of raising them up right.
Danny January 24, 2013 at 03:10 PM
I don't think it is fair to blame the family on a choice that he clearly made himself. I know many people who's parents were not the best and they turned out to be upstanding citizens. You can teach a child right from wrong and they can still get caught up in doing the wrong thing. Sounds like he is has underlying mental issues, drug addiction problems etc. He needs professional help. I would also like to see most of you turn in your own child to authorities. What he did was clearly wrong and he should be prosecuted. I just feel that he is the one who made the decision to get him where he currently is and not to blame his family.
Lori F January 28, 2013 at 11:13 PM
You don't know the family. They didn't close their eyes. You can't help someone who doesn't want to be helped. How can you blame his brother and mother. You have no idea the hell and embarassment he put them both through. They hardly even spoke to him. He lied to them constantly.
Suzie Falon January 29, 2013 at 02:22 AM
For starters how dare anyone bring his father into this situation. There is no need to mention him and all you are doing with comments like that is adding fuel to the fire.Continuing with family, his brother is educated and certified with a good job and a good head on his shoulders. Shame on you for bringing him and the father into it. Many of you are blaming the mom. This is understandable. Has she let her drug addicted son continue to return home? Yes. Has she turned a blind eye at the fact her son was doing drugs? Yes. Did she question how he was obtaining drugs? Probably not. The real question is how many of you are parents yourselves? Those of you who are parents know what it is like to want to protect your child from the world. No parent ever wants to feel as if they have ever failed their child. But perhaps that is how his mother would have felt. She simply does not have the means to bring her son to rehab. However, maybe instead of criticizing her, members of the community should have provided support and/or assisted her in seeking help for her son. And as for the fact that she is "allowing" him to continue returning home time after time. If he is capable of breaking into random strangers homes, you really believe he can be prevented from figuring out how to get into the home he has been living in for 27 years? He is in jail now, sleep easy folks. Now all we can do is hope he gets the help he needs...
Lori F January 29, 2013 at 12:39 PM
You people need to get your facts straight and leave the mother alone. She wasn't the one who bailed him out. First, she is financially strapped and couldn't afford it and second, she was glad he was back in. She wasn't happy when he was bailed out. This time around it doesn't look like he will be getting out and he will get the help he needs. She buried her husband. The last thing she wants to do is bury her son.
cc March 19, 2013 at 01:56 PM
There are many two parent families out there that only one of the parents do the discipline. It doesn't matter if your a single parent raising children or have 2 parents raising a child. We are suppose to teach our children right from wrong. Most children learn this from an early age up, yet there are some that have psychological illnesses, addictive personalities whom don't seem to gasp what is right and what is wrong. I for one do not blame the mother or his brother as one turned out ok and the other is a bad apple. He needs help but he can only get help if he seeks it himself.
cc March 19, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Suzie not everyone is blaming the mother or brother. He needs help and only he can seek it for himself. Being in jail will not solve his problem, he needs to go to rehab and to fight the demons but this is a decision that only he can make on his own.


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